Fast & Fresh Soups and Stews

Spicy Sausage Soup
Leave the canned soups on the grocery store shelves -- you can make a hearty, delicious dinner just as fast using fresh ingredients. Each of these recipes can be on your table in 45 minutes or less, so you can always come home to a comforting bowl of soup or stew, no matter how busy your weeknight is.

Rosemary and Ravioli Chicken Soup

Chicken noodle soup gets a veggie-filled upgrade when you replace plain noodles with spinach ravioli and stir in fresh green beans. To make this meal extra fast, start with packaged ravioli and purchased roasted chicken.

Fresh Tomato Soup

No more canned tomato soup for you -- with six medium tomatoes, a handful of ingredients, and 30 minutes, you can make your own bowl of smooth, tomato-y goodness. All you're missing is a gooey grilled cheese on the side.

Confetti Chicken Big Bowl

Make an entire meal in your Dutch oven with this easy chicken stew recipe. Broccoli, carrots, ramen noodles, and snow peas make this bright and colorful stew hearty enough to enjoy all on its own.

Grilled Asparagus Soup with Chile Croutons

Bring all the flavors of grilled asparagus into a toasty bowl of soup by pureeing asparagus with chicken broth. DIY croutons brushed with melted butter and chili sauce add crunch and a bit of heat to this vibrant green soup.

Indian Cauliflower Soup with Garam Masala

You won't find any chunks of vegetables in this creamy soup, but that doesn't make it any less fresh. Cauliflower, chopped carrots, and potatoes all take a turn in your food processor to make this garam masala-spiced soup smooth and silky.

Italian Spinach Soup

You can serve up a bright green bowl of spinach tonight, but it's not a salad we're craving -- it's soup! Over a pound of fresh spinach gives this soup its signature color, while Italian seasoning and garlic adds Italian flair.

Butternut Squash Soup with Ravioli

When the weather gets chilly, what better way is there to warm up than a piping hot bowl of butternut squash soup? You can make this fresh soup a little heartier by adding cheese ravioli, and you can pump up the winter flavors with a drizzle of molasses on top.

Fresh Corn and Chicken Chowder

When we think of chowder, we don't usually picture fresh ingredients, but this recipe is the exception. Loaded with four full ears of sweet corn, it still has all the creamy richness we love -- and the best part is it's done in just 30 minutes.

Vegetable Garden Soup with Turkey

If you've got a bumper crop from your vegetable garden to use up, this fresh soup is the answer. Heap your favorite garden veggies -- celery, green beans, summer squash, and tomatoes -- into your Dutch oven with turkey breast and a few herbs, and this healthy soup will be ready in no time.

Curried Vegetable Soup

Wave goodbye to blah and boring canned vegetable soups. A scoop of curry powder gives the cauliflower and baby peas in this recipe much more heat and flavor, while coconut milk adds creaminess.

Tuscan Bean Soup

Italian seasoning is the secret to developing Tuscan flavors in this bowl of cannellini beans, carrots, and spinach. To guarantee this soup is ready to eat in 20 minutes, start with packaged baby carrots and spinach.

Broccoli-Potato Soup with Greens

You can't make dinner much faster than this 13 minute broccoli and potato recipe. If 3 cups of broccoli aren't enough veggies for you, be sure to include another 2 cups of winter greens.

Good Greens Winter Soup

This soup isn't named "Good Greens" for nothing. We packed six (yes, six!) different vegetables into this soup, including spinach and kale, so there's no doubt a bowl for dinner will help meet your veggie needs for the day.

Healthy Minestrone

Most veggie-loaded minestrones are a relatively healthy choice, but this recipe goes a step further and keeps the sodium low. Cannellini beans add protein to this zucchini, carrot, and Swiss chard soup.

Creamy Potato and Asparagus Soup

Fresh asparagus soup gets a little extra creamy when it's blended with potatoes and evaporated milk. If you're missing the meat in this veggie-centric soup, top each bowl with crumbles of crispy bacon.

Soba Noodle Bowl

Infuse plain chicken noodle soup with Asian-inspired flavors by adding soy sauce to your usual chicken broth. Use soba noodles for a break from regular pasta in this veggie-filled soup.

Spring Chicken Stew

Nothing tastes better than a bowl of chicken stew -- especially when it only takes seven ingredients and 30 minutes to make. Fresh carrots and bok choy make each bite taste like spring (no matter what season you serve this soup in).

Garden Greens and Mushroom Soup

Soup or salad? This recipe turns your favorite salad greens into a creamy, craveable soup. A trio of fresh greens (spinach, arugula, and parsley) are the stars of this recipe, while potatoes and sauteed mushrooms add heartiness.

Spicy Sausage Soup

Spicy sausage might have the starring role in this quick, 25-minute recipe, but fresh tomatoes and Swiss chard refuse to be pushed into the background. To add crunch, whip up a few Parmesan cheese crisps to serve on the side.

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